October 2011: We publish an issue of Resale Royalty eNews three or four times a year, with news about developments for the resale royalty scheme. We email more than 2,500 recipients, who include artists, art market professionals and others interested in the resale royalty scheme.
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In this edition
It's all about Australia's artists
All too often, Australia’s artists don’t see the full value of their work, especially when it's resold. That’s where the resale royalty scheme comes in. It’s all about making sure that the people who created the work get their fair share of the benefit.
Since the scheme was launched in June 2010, we’ve been pleased by the number of eligible resales reported. Thanks to those art dealers, galleries and auction houses who have provided sales information, royalties have been generated for over 330 artists.
As of 12 October 2011, resales generating over $455,000 in royalties have been reported to Copyright Agency. Over 60% of the artists receiving royalties are Indigenous and, whilst the majority of artists (again over 60%) have received one royalty payment, some have received multiple.
In addition to the efforts of the art dealers, galleries and auction houses, we are grateful for all of the support we’ve had from the artist community. Over 4,000 artists have registered with us, making it easier for us to contact them when their work has been resold. Copyright Agency staff have also been out and about in recent months, engaging with artists, art centres and art dealers at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and at Desert Mob 2011 in Alice Springs.
We want to do more to help our artists. And we want to make it easier for art dealers, galleries and auction houses to fulfil their legal obligations under the scheme. Copyright Agency's Resale Royalty Manager, Judy Grady, can help with reporting sales correctly and can provide more information about a new streamlined method for reporting sales valued at under $1,000. Please call Judy toll-free on 1800 066 844 or email email@example.com
The Arts Law Centre of Australia has developed an online resource on intellectual property for Indigenous creators. Darwin-based artist Sarrita King is profiled on the site in a case study on resale royalty rights. Click here
to read the case study.
Artists in the Black
Another resource recently created by the Arts Law Centre of Australia is the Artists in the Black
(AITB) website. The website offers a free legal service for Indigenous artists, communities and arts organisations.